Back for the 6th year, Bite Week is where taste meets hands-on experiences. Four days of tasting and education including chefs’ dinners, demonstrations, classes and cocktail experiences hosted at locations throughout Bend. Bite Week is your opportunity to learn new flavors and techniques from some of Central Oregon’s best.


This year’s Bite Week Chef’s Dinners take you far and wide. Each dinner offers unique experiences. At the peak of early summer we invite you to travel close to home to a farm and vineyard not generally accessible to the public, as well as to Redmond, where the best Caribbean food in Central Oregon is to be found. And close to home Currents, one of the most beautifully sited restaurants in town gives their new chef a chance to strut his skills.

Don’t stop at one, get your food tribe together and make a week of it!

A Caribbean Flight of Fancy Chef's Dinner

TUES, JUNE 19 | 6PM | $55



Join Chef Zoë Ditmore and Wild Ride Brewing on a culinary tour through the isles of the Caribbean. Featuring cuisine from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, with craft beer pairings from Wild Ride Brewery.

This will be a five-course dinner, including beer pairings.

About the Culinary Team: Zoë Ditmore is the owner of The Jerk Kings, and along with her dedicated staff, operates two food carts specializing in Caribbean cuisine. One cart is located at Wild Ride in Redmond, the second will be opening in Bend this Summer. Zoë was born and raised in Barbados, a small island located in the SE Caribbean. After moving to the U.S. with her family, she attended the Cascade Culinary Institute in Bend, and graduated in Spring 2013. Now that she calls Central Oregon her home, Zoe is delighted to be able to share some of her Caribbean cuisine!

Wild Ride Brewing is a production brewery and tap room located in the heart of downtown Redmond, Oregon. Open 7 days a week from 11am – 10pm, with food options available from the food cart community located in the parking lot just off the patio. The family-friendly tap room has indoor and outdoor seating to fit the Central Oregon lifestyle.

Price includes beverage and gratuity. Processing fees apply to purchase.

Field To Table Chef's Dinner

WED, JUNE 20 | 6PM | $78



Rainshadow Organics is hosting a truly authentic farm-to-table dinner as part of Bite Week. Culinary masters Rebecca Sokol of Rainshadow Organics and Wendy DiPaolo of Willow Camp Catering are collaborating to serve up a hearty gourmet meal prepared entirely from this highly diverse organic farm.

Expect a 45-minute drive from Bend. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for an optional garden tour accompanied with wine and passed appetizers. Enjoy live music while eating food right where it’s grown. Bring warm layers for sundown.

Silver Moon Brewing, the third oldest brewery in Bend, takes pride in brewing stellar, balanced beers. No overly-bitter hop bombs here! Just an array of deliciously balanced hops, malt, water and yeast. The newly renovated downtown-ish pub has a comfy, locals feel featuring a friendly, knowledgable staff, traditional pub fare and features handmade accents from local artisans.

Price includes beverage and gratuity. Processing fees apply to purchase.

Craft Spirits Chef's Dinner

THU, JUNE 21 | 6PM | $80



Join Michael Stanton, executive chef at Currents, as he draws on his deep experience in the culinary world to highlight the local distilled spirits and seasonal foods of Central Oregon. The site is one of the most scenic in Bend, weather permitting on the deck along the river. This will be a five-course dinner, paired with spirits selected from local distilleries. Courses will be matched with straight spirits and some with cocktails, demonstrating innovative ways to pair. SEE MENU

Price includes beverage and gratuity. Processing fees apply to purchase.

Tuscan Winemakers Chef's Dinner

FRI, JUN 22 | 6PM | $95



Savor the taste of Tuscany as the sun sets over the alluring Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards in Terrebonne. Nestled between McKenzie and Buckhorn Ridges, the 300 acre farm boasts an exquisite view of the vineyard’s namesake, The Three Sisters Mountains: Faith Hope and Charity.

Guests will enjoy bruschetta and a glass of wine as they are treated to a private tour of the 15 acre vineyard by owners Roger and Cindy Grossmann. Join us on the patio for a five-course meal that features a Tuscan flare, accentuating fresh, authentic, unadulterated flavors of fragrant herbs prepared by Chef Elizabeth Grundy and perfectly paired with our newly released Oregon wines by they vineyard’s wine specialist Kjersten Vimmerstedt. As the stars come out, dance the night away to the sounds of Old Italy.

Price includes beverage and gratuity. Processing fees apply to purchase.


Bite Week classes offer home enthusiasts a chance to work with and learn from some of the most experienced culinary professionals and purveyors in Central Oregon. Some even include the chance to learn with your child, like the Bon Bon class taught by Kindred Creative Kitchen founder Michelle Morris. Each class is structured to send you home with new information and skills along with recipes—and most include cocktails. Give yourself over to this rare chance to up your culinary game for the summer ahead!

We thank Standard TV and Appliance who are the 2018 Bite of Bend title sponsor and host for all but one of the classes. Culinary students will love working in their state of the art demonstration kitchens.

There is a limited number of spots available, so grab a friend and register now!

Chocolate Bon Bons

TUES, JUNE 19 | 5PM | $15



Join Michelle Morris, founder and owner of Kindred Creative Kitchen, for chocolate tasting and bon bons. Learn how to temper chocolate for molds, make a hazelnut ganache and place finishing decorative flourishes on Bon Bons. Opportunities for hands-on training at different points in class. As a former instructor at Cascade Culinary Institute, this is a specialty of Morris’s—students will leave with recipes and insider tips on successfully working with chocolate.

This class is appropriate to bring a child age 10 or older. Or you can just bring your inner child if that’s more appropriate!

The Spice Merchant's Secrets

TUE, JUNE 19 | 7PM | $20



Join owner of Savory Spice and spice merchant Matt Perry in exploring the culinary history of a handpicked assortment of the most exotic forward- trending spices and seasonings found in his Old Mill District shop.

Taste and learn how to incorporate spices into your foods, drinks and desserts. Matt will demonstrate and students will help and taste the results, including cocktails! Go home with new ways of looking at and preparing dishes, complete with recipes. Get spicy this summer!

The Three S's of Entertaining

WED, JUNE 20 | 5PM | $20



With the help of Kim Cress from Navidi’s Olive Oil & Vinegars students are in for some enticing and easy ideas to impress family and friends using Navidi’s Olive Oil and Balsamic.

Leave class with some great take home recipes and inspiration to get cooking in your own kitchen, using healthy oils and vinegars. Sip cocktails while sampling creative dishes in a fun, laid back atmosphere.

Students will make:

  • Strawberry Champagne cocktail
  • Zesty Lime Pretzels
  • Balsamic Asparagus
  • Green Apple Truffle Slaw
  • Roasted Ratatouille Cups

Charcuterie & Craft Beer

THURS, JUNE 21 | 5:30PM | $15



Let our amazing in-house Specialty Team get you ready to impress at your summer celebrations with our Charcuterie and Brew class! Native Bendite Katie Cobb and crew will hand pick the perfect charcuterie platters and carefully pair them with local craft beer. Finding that perfect fine cheese that compliments the right gourmet salami and the cold craft brew to tie it all together…  it’s what we do every day.

Students will be left to put up their feet in Whole Food’s airy little cafe in the Forum Shopping Center while experts walk them through the process.

Whole Foods Market, the finest natural and organic grocery store, has been in Bend since 2001.  Maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry, Whole Foods Market has an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Whole Foods Market is a mission-driven company that holds strong to community values—and shopping at stores is fun and exciting for guests!

Title Sponsor: 

Standard TV & Appliance was founded by Clement and Hazel Gander in 1947 as Standard Refrigeration, with the SE Woodstock storefront opening five years later. Since then, the company has grown to over 275 employees with 4 locations: two in Portland, and one each in Beaverton and Bend. The growth has only continued, always aiming to bring the best and most innovative products to our customers at the lowest price. Standard is Oregon’s largest independent appliance, electronics, and mattress retailer and we have been committed to our customers’ total satisfaction for 60 years.

Presenting Sponsor:

Whole Foods Market, the finest natural and organic grocery store, has been in Bend since 2001.  Your Whole Foods Market maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry and has an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries and you start to get the sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah—and we’re a mission-driven company, as well!